Hubble Space Telescope: 25 Years and Counting
Today, one of NASA’s most powerful telescopes reaches a landmark anniversary.
Few of +NASA
's telescopes have captured the public imagination like +Hubble Space Telescope
, with its spectacular views of distant galaxies, supernovas, and nebulas. The first telescope in the world to return visible wavelength images of space from near Earth orbit, Hubble’s photos are more than just pretty pictures. In its twenty-five year mission, Hubble’s discoveries have transformed astronomers’ understanding of cosmic objects, events, and history. Hubble continues to deliver unparalleled images and help scientists solve some of the biggest mysteries about the forces that shape the universe.
This Astro Bulletin takes a look at some of Hubble's most important finds, and at one of its most recent—a never-before-seen view of a distant supernova appearing simultaneously in four different positions around a galaxy cluster.
Hubble 25th Anniversaryhttp://hubble25th.org/
Hubble Space Telescope | NASAhttp://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/main/
Hubble Site: The Telescopehttp://hubblesite.org/the_telescope/
Space Telescope Science Institutehttp://www.stsci.edu/portal/Science
: Multiple images of a highly magnified supernova formed by an early-type cluster galaxy lenshttp://www.sciencemag.org/content/347/6226/1123.abstract